edTPA is an assessment process designed by educators to answer the essential question: "Is a new teacher ready for the job?" edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate's authentic teaching materials (lesson plans, video clips of instruction, student work samples) as the culmination of a teaching and learning process that documents and demonstrates each candidate's ability to effectively teach his/her subject matter to all students. Candidates also submit commentaries that provide a rationale to support their instructional practices based on student learning strengths and needs.
Bank Street offers informational workshops for students completing their edTPA. More information is located in the boxes on the right hand side.
- Register for edTPA and follow the instructions to select your content and specialty areas, institution, and answer background questions: edTPA Registration Overview
- After you register, indicate your portfolio system: Tk20. Select “Integrated Platform Provider.” An authorization key will be generated and emailed to you.
- Once you have registered, let your advisor know and copy Gretchen Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the email in order to have the correct template uploaded to Tk20. Include your authorization key in the email to your advisor along with your template selection (Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Special Education).
- Complete your portfolio in Tk20.
- From Tk20, transfer your portfolio to the Pearson system, entering your authorization key when prompted. Follow the instructions in the Tk20 Guide for edTPA Candidates for detailed information on steps 5 and 6.**
- In the Pearson system, review and submit your portfolio for scoring.**
**Be sure to allow adequate time before your planned submission date to upload and review your files in the Pearson system and to complete the submission process for scoring.**
Frequently Asked Questions
Which edTPA should I register for and do I need to take more than one?
Depending on your program, you might have options as to which edTPA you can register for (Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education). If you are in a Childhood General Education program, you must register for Elementary Education. If you are in the Early Childhood Special and General Education program, you can register for either the Early Childhood or the Special Education edTPA. You should consider the classroom you will be using when making this choice. If you are still unsure, speak with your advisor for additional guidance.
You only need to register for one edTPA. You might have options as to which one you register for (see above), but you only need to do one.
Why should I use Tk20?
Tk20 is an integrated platform provider for the edTPA that Bank Street utilizes. The benefit of using Tk20 is having your portfolio linked to your advisor so they can provide feedback as you work through the edTPA. Additionally, you would have support from the Graduate School and Tk20 should any issues arise.
The Tk20 Document Room is also Bank Street's central repository for edTPA (and other certification) resource materials.
What if I accidentally select Pearson as my platform provider?
You can change your platform selection by logging into your account on the edTPA website, www.edtpa.com. Click “Manage your portfolio” to the lower left of the page, and log in with your email address and password. Once logged in, you will be taken directly to the Portfolio Summary page where you can select ‘Switch to edTPA Platform Provider’ in order to receive an authorization key.
Once you receive the authorization key, email Gretchen Adams (email@example.com) with the key, your advisor's name and the edTPA you are doing, and she will load your portfolio into your Tk20.
I'm ready to transfer my portfolio to Pearson. What's next?
Congratulations! Once you are ready to submit your edTPA, follow the instructions on the Tk20 Guide for edTPA Candidates (beginning on page 9) to transfer it to Pearson and then submit it.
How long do I have to complete the edTPA?
You have 18 months from the time you register to complete your edTPA and submit it for scoring. However, we recommend you complete it within a school year as during the summer there may be an update to the handbook.
What happens if I fail edTPA?
There are options if you fail to pass the edTPA. Speak with your advisor about retaking all or a portion of the exam or about additional test options available to those who fail the edTPA.
Equipment & Recording Tips
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What are the technical requirements for video submission?
- File type: .flv, .asf, .qt, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .avi, .wmv, .mp4, or .m4v
- File size: up to 500MB, but 300MB is recommended
Early Childhood edTPA requires 2 video clips totaling no more than 15 minutes. Clip 1 should show whole-group interaction; clip 2 should show small group interaction.
Elementary Education edTPA requires 1 to 2 clips together totaling no more than 15 minutes that demonstrate how you interact with students in a positive literacy environment to develop essential literacy strategy and requisite skills and to support students to independently apply the essential literacy strategy to comprehend or compose text.
Special Education requires the selection of 1-2 video clips to submit (totaling no more than 20 minutes).